We’ve worked with SNL Knowledge Center for almost a year now and have had the privilege of attending a few of their conferences. They are always informative and engaging, and this conference was no different.
It was held at the JW Marriot on Pennsylvania Ave, a beautiful spot if you’ve never been to D.C. It is right in the middle of Capital and around a few major attractions, including The White House, The National Mall, The Lincoln Memorial, and all of the museums.
Mergers and acquisitions was the topic of discussion at this conference. It was kicked off with an opening addr
ess from Senator Richard C. Shelby on, “The Future of Banking Policy and Regulation.” There isn’t a better place to get an update on banking legislation than a few blocks from Congress itself.
There were quite a few panels over the course of the conference from various industry experts. One of my favorites was, “Views from the C-Suite: Executing a Successful M&A Strategy.” On the panel was David Provost – President & CEO of Talmer Bancorp, George Makris Jr. – Chairman & CEO of Simmons First National Corporation, Richard Adams – Chairman & CEO of United Bankshares, and Daniel Bass -Managing Director of Investment Banking at Performance Trust Capital Partners, LLC. It was great to hear from these leaders and how they thought of their acquisition strategies: where they agreed, disagreed and had advice for others.
Tuesday evening ended with a private tour around the Newseum! We were able to wander around the emptied museum and see how news and journalism have affected history. On the top floor there is an exhibit called “Today’s Front Pages” and they have that day’s newspaper from all over the world!
We really enjoy working with SNL and especially in our nation’s beautiful capital. We look forward to our next conference together.